Channel 4 signs new Bake Off deal – and Junior Bake Off commissioned

Channel 4 and Love Productions have today (March 15) confirmed a new two series agreement for ‘The Great British Bake Off’ – extending the partnership until 2021.

The tenth series will be broadcast on Channel 4 later this year, with a further two series confirmed to follow.

It was also announced today that for the first time ‘Junior Bake Off’ will be broadcast on Channel 4. As part of this agreement, three series of 15 one-hour episodes will be made by Love Productions. The first will air on Channel 4 later this year.

Channel 4 director of programmes Ian Katz said: “Over the last two years ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has become one of the best loved programmes on Channel 4, embodying the warmth, mischief and inclusivity for which the channel is known. We’re delighted to be continuing our fantastically collaborative partnership with Love Productions and especially to be discovering a new generation of British baking talent with ‘Junior Bake Off’.”

Love Productions chief executive Richard McKerrow added: “We’re delighted to have extended Bake Off’s stay on Channel 4 after two great years together. We have been hugely encouraged by the audience response and feedback that the show has received during its time on Channel 4, and are thrilled to be bringing ‘Junior Bake Off’ to the channel. It seems particularly appropriate to be announcing news of the extension on Channel 4 as we enjoy Bake Off’s tenth anniversary on British television.”

The multi-award winning hit show first aired on Channel 4 in 2017. The eighth series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ was the biggest Channel 4 series in over six years (with an average of 9 million viewers, representing a 33.8% of the viewing audience) and the biggest series for young audiences on any channel that year (2.6 million /54.5% per episode). A year later the ninth series continued to be the biggest title on Channel 4, increasing audience share for young audiences as well as all individuals (8.9 million average/35.4%).

 

L-R: Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, presenter Sandi Toksvig, judge Prue Leith and presenter Noel Fielding

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  1. Great news that Junior Bake Off is back! Question: how to keep my 9-year-old star baker from finding out!!